Duplicate Content Penalty: The Myth, The Reality, and My Advice

For over a decade, Google has been fighting the myth of the duplicate content penalty. Since I still continue to field questions on it, I thought it would be worth discussing here. First, let’s discuss the verbiage: What Is Duplicate Content? Duplicate content generally refers to substantive blocks of content within or across domains that either completely matches other content or that is appreciably similar. Mostly, this is not deceptive in origin.  Google, Avoid Duplicate

Local Marketing Strategies for Multi-Location Businesses

Operating a successful multi-location business is easy… but only when you have the right local marketing strategy! Today, businesses and brands have an opportunity to expand their reach beyond local customers thanks to digitalization. If you are a brand owner or a business owner in the United States (or any other country) with the right strategy you can pitch your products and services to potential customers across the globe. Imagine a multi-location business as a

Omnify: An Online Reservation, Booking, and Payment Platform

If you’re a gym, studio, trainer, tutor, coach, or any other kind of business where you need to reserve time, take payments, manage customer reminders, and communicate offers to your customers, Omnify is a purpose built solution specific for your business needs… whether you’re location-based or an online business. Omnify Reservation System Accept Bookings, Payments & Manage Waitlists from web and mobile. Create blocks of slots available through the day, buffer times, limit the number

Rio SEO Suggestion Engine: Customizable Brand Controls for Robust Local Marketing

Think of the last time you went to a retail store – let’s call it a hardware store – to purchase something you needed – let’s say a wrench. You likely did a quick online search for hardware stores nearby and determined where to go based on store hours, distance from your location and whether or not the product you wanted was in stock. Imagine doing that research and driving to the store just to

Social Suite: Social Media Management for Large, Multi-Location Enterprises

Reputation.com has launched Social Suite, a social media management solution designed specifically for large, multi-location enterprises that integrates the entire span of customer engagement on the web, from online reviews and customer surveys to social listening and community management. Large enterprises struggle to meaningfully engage with customers in local communities across social media channels. Further, social media is typically isolated from customer survey and online review management applications. “The challenge with existing social media tools

4 Essential Strategies For Your Multi-Location Business Online

It’s not a surprising statistic, but it it’s still quite staggering – over half of all in-store sales were influenced by digital last year in their latest infographic on marketing your multi-location business online. MDG researched and identified four essential digital marketing tactics that every multi-location business should be deploying that incorporate search, platform, content, and device trends. Search: Optimize for “Open Now” and Location – Consumers are shifting from searching for future-based things like

MomentFeed: Localized Mobile Marketing Solutions for Search and Social

If you’re a marketer at a restaurant chain, or over franchisees, or a retail chain, you can’t possibly work across every market and medium to promote each location without some kind of system. Your brand is largely invisible to local search, blind to local customer engagement, don’t have tools to create locally relevant ads, and they are often not managing a complete social media presence. Compound the effort with some key consumer behavioral changes: 80%